While not new to fabric as an artistic medium, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA (b. 1962) had the freedom during his residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) to create custom print designs for the textiles that would clothe figures in an installation. Titled Space Walk, this piece ventured into the new frontier of American exploration—space. In this installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, a man and woman—dressed in brightly colored space suits, and wearing backpacks and helmets—float near a projected image of the Apollo 13 space capsule. Pioneers of space, the couple refashions concepts of expansion, exploration, and potential colonization.
The installation at FWM ran concurrently with the artist’s exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders, on view Friday, January 24–Monday, April 21, 2014.